Providence, RI – The Providence Preservation Society (PPS) announced the 2019 Most Endangered Properties (MEP) List recently at the organization’s annual meeting. The list is comprised of architecturally and historically significant properties in Providence threatened by neglect, deterioration, or demolition.
For 25 years, PPS has worked with concerned neighbors, owners, and activists to develop the annual MEP List. Its purpose is to generate interest in and support for the preservation of significant structures; to educate the public about the benefits of historic preservation and the extraordinary architectural resources in Providence; and to foster creative collaboration among property owners, developers, and other interested parties to bring about positive changes to each property.
Buildings on the annual MEP List represent a variety of aspects of local community life and span three centuries and multiple neighborhoods.
The list includes:
- Industrial Trust Building, 111 Westminster Street, Downtown (1928).
- William R. Babcock II House, 145 Lexington Avenue, Elmwood (c. 1893).
- Rialto Theatre, 121 Mathewson Street, Downtown (1829, 1902, 1950s).
- Water Supply Board Building, 552 Academy Avenue, Mount Pleasant (c. 1908).
- Richard Brown House (Butler Hospital Campus), 345 Blackstone Boulevard, Blackstone (1731).
- Beresford-Nicholson Estate, 288 Blackstone Boulevard, Blackstone (1909, 1919).
- West Side Park (Parcel P4), Peck and Dyer streets, I-195 Redevelopment District, Downtown (2019).
- Broad Street Synagogue (AKA Temple Beth El), 688 Broad Street, Elmwood (1910).
- Olneyville industrial/commercial buildings, various locations and dates, Olneyville.
- St. Teresa of Avila Church, 265 Manton Avenue, Olneyville (1883).